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IF ANY BODY WISHES TO LOOK THROUGH ST ANDREWS IN WESTBURY AT ANY TIME RING ALAN ON 0438999441

Next market day 17th March 2018

--------- New stall holders are welcome.

this is an indoor and outdoor market and spaces are limited inside but we have plenty of room outside.

The friendliest little market in Tasmaniawith quite an assortment of stalls.

Breakfast usually starts cooking at 8 thereabouts.

Enquiries to Rob 0417 931 619.

 

 

Mini Sermon

FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT      

      18/02/2018

Dear Friends,

This year BP. Richard has asked us as the Diocese of Tasmania, to observe a season of Lament and Repentance for our failures in the past. He says, and I quote,

"Our hope and prayer is that this will be a time of spiritual healing for our diocese and a preparation for where God will lead us in the future. We would like each Parish to focus on the themes of lament and repentance in their Sunday services during Lent."

He has sent us a modified version of the Lectionary readings for this Lenten season, and asked us to especially focus on the Psalms, carefully chosen for the Lenten season, and each one is a lament or a confession Psalm.

The foci for this Lent are to be as follows: -

         18th February, Child sexual abuse.

         25th February, Family violence.

         March 4th, Misuse of power.

         March 11th, Indigenous Failures.

         March 18th, The environment.

         March 25th, Failure to make disciples.

We commenced Lent on Ash Wednesday in this Parish, by celebrating two services of Holy Communion with the inclusion of the Imposition of Ashes, one at St. Andrew's Westbury, in the morning, and the second, that evening at St. Mary's Hagley. The service commences with the congregation reciting and praying the Liturgy of Penitence.

The president goes on to pray "Make our hearts clean O God," and the people respond, And renew a right spirit within us." and continue with a prayer of penitence, as follows: -

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

We haves sinned against you and against our neighbour

In what we have thought, in what we have said and done,

Through ignorance, through weakness,

Through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love,

And marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed,

And repent of our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

Who died for us,

Forgive us all that is past;

and lead us from darkness

to walk as children of light. Amen.

The people are then invited by the priest to receive the Imposition of ashes. The priest signs each one on the forehead with a cross of ash, saying the words, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return, turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.

The president then goes onto pray:

God of our Father,

The strength of all who put their trust in you.

Mercifully accept our prayers;

And because in our weakness,

We can do nothing good without you,

Grant us the help of your grace,

That in keeping your commandments

we may please you, both in will and deed;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The service continues with the Peace, and communion.

I find it quite a powerful little service. Which reminds us of our own mortality, and helps us to face Lent after a suitable act of contrition.

May I wish you all a peaceful, and thoughtful Lent, and may we always be mindful of our behaviour towards others, and to our gracious God.

With love and blessings,

Jo

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